An expert explain why you shouldn't hold back your poo

An expert explain why you shouldn't hold back your poo ...

How often should we poo? If you look at this question, you''re likely to find a simple answer of three times a day to once every three days.

There is a lot of room for shifts, but the answer is yes, when you feel the urge.

Depriving excessively of poo and retarding the bowel''transit time'' may be linked to a higher risk of complications such as bowel cancer, diverticulosis (small pouches of the bowel lining protruding through the bowel wall), hemorrhoids, and anal tears, and prolapse.

When the urge strikes, the golden rule of gastroenterology is to always heed the ''call to stool.''

Eating often triggers the urge

Physiologists identified a powerful stimulus to open your bowels when it came to eating food, and they referred it to as the gastro-colic reflex. It''s usually most powerful after a fast and thus, after a breakfast.

When the necessity arises, babies void their bowels. However, as soon as we can make choices for ourselves around the same age we begin to walk, we learn to suppress this "call to stool."

Learning to control one''s bowels is an important development step, but some of us go too far; we learn that if we ignore it for a while, this urge may happen temporarily, as long as it hasn''t been recognized.

However, maintaining a habitually suppressing this urge may be associated with difficulties, including:

  • constipation

  • abdominal pain

  • variable and unpredictable bowel habits

  • bloating

  • wind

  • slower transit of matter through our intestines


Afdomenic pain

bowel habits are variable and unpredictable.


The wind is shining.

Our intestines are getting a bit less fluid.


Afdominal pain

bowel habits are variable and unpredictable.


The wind is shining.

Our intestines are transported slowly through our arteries.

Knowing your ''''transit time''''

We might know how often we open our intestines, but not many of us are aware of our "whole gut transit time." In other words, how long it takes for residue from the foods you eat to come out the other end

This transit time is crucial because having issues with urgency (a sudden, frantic urge to poo), diarrhea, and constipation may all be signs of slow transit.

It''s simple to measure it: swallow a handful of raw sweetcorn kernels and then look out for yellow kernels in your poo.

How long should a person wait for them to show up? It should take between 8 and 24 hours.

A longer transit time

No one is arguing that you should void your bowels whenever and whenever you want.

The possibility of putting it off means that residue from the foods you eat stays in your body longer than it should. Your transit time increases, and your quality of life decreases.

In our lifetimes, we produce about six tonnes of poo, consisting of water, bacteria, nitrogenous matter, carbohydrates, undigested plant matter, and lipids (fats).

The longer this mixture of things sits inside us, the more it is susceptible to fermentation and decomposition.

This produces not only wind, but also chemicals known as metabolites, which then sit in contact with the bowel lining and can be absorbed.

The idea of auto-intoxication from the colon is not new. Waste products in the intestine were thought to be contributing to an imbalance of four body humor (blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm) that is vital for good health.

Kellogg''s, a member of the temperance movement in the United States in the nineteenth century, developed breakfast cereals to deal with both constipation and poor judgments, which they believed to be connected.

A longer transit period has been linked to a greater risk of serious gastrointestinal problems, such as:

  • colorectal cancer

  • colonic polyps

  • diverticulosis

  • gallstones and

  • hemorrhoids

cancer of colorectal health

Polyps in colonies


Gallstones and coexistence


Cancer of colorectal nature

Polypseus in colonic regions


Gallstones and coexistence


Dysbiosis (or changes in bacteria that live in our intestines) has also been linked to a small flow.

So long transit may be associated with a large range of ailments linked to gastrointestinal dysbiosis.

A healthy habit

By increasing the amount of fiber and fluids in your diet, exercising regularly, and being in contact with your colon, you may improve your bowel habits.

Several individuals are even using cognitive behavioral therapy to improve bowel function.

When your colon calls, you should listen.

Martin Veysey, an honorary professor at the University of Newcastle, has been born.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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